At 4 in the morning he quit drinking. He was up at 10, his hands shaking, his eyes bloody. "Here goes evil against good," he said, grinning. "And I guarantee you evil is going to win."
It was almost a disaster. His opponent was Dr. Claude Benham, a big, strong and clean-living All-Ivy quarterback out of Columbia. Dr. Benham started strong and won the opening game 21-18. But in the second game Haber went to work both on the doctor and the referee, Billy Yambrick. Between points he stomped the court like an enraged lion. It was nip and tuck to the end, with Haber winning 21-18. Then, with the seemingly inexhaustible Haber actually gaining strength and the clean-living doctor flagging badly, the third game developed into no contest, 21-13.
Haber headed for the bar to do a little serious drinking. He said: "Guess I've earned a beer."